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Your Festival Packing List: Garden Beats Festival

Written by Charlotte

Garden Beats Festival, Singapore’s first picnic music festival is back for a 5th consecutive year on Saturday 9th March 2019 and is looking like it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! In anticipation of this momentous day here’s a packing list covering all the essentials that will get you well on your way to enjoying the festival as much as you can!

You can bring your own picnic!

This is particularly good if you’ve got specific food allergies or dietary requirements, you can cater for yourself and bring it to the site. If you’re not into packing your own picnic then you’ll be relieved to know that there will also be a delicious and vast selection of food available at the festival. Garden Beats is notorious for pooling together some of Singapore’s finest food vendors, and there’s always a few vegetarian and vegan options! Whether you decide to bring your own food or buy at the festival, one thing is certain no one will be going hungry at Garden Beats!

Go green with your picnic!

Garden Beats is going greener than ever! Get in the spirit of the festival and don’t bring any single-use plastics to the site! Garden Beats is the first carbon-neutral festival in Singapore and this year they are completely banning single-use plastic on ground! Be smart about how you pack your picnic, either use recyclable materials or bring it in reusable containers! And make sure to throw your recyclables in the right bins at the festival!

Or bring empty reusables to the festival!

Help the festival and their green initiatives by thinking to pack empty reusables that you can fill at the festival like jars or food containers. If you’re not a local resident this may seem inconvenient but you can use these items again along your travels! And bring reusable bags, you never know what goodies you’ll be going home with! You’ll be able to browse through eco-friendly merchandise and stalls hosted by a variety of green brands. Make sustainable swaps for the festival and for life!

Get comfy at Garden Beats!

Bring a picnic blanket for you and your friends to nestle into and make the experience more comfortable. Bring something bright and colourful, not only will your picnic area look epic but it’ll give you a good point of reference to find your friends in the field.

Wear something easy to kick off.

The festival is hosted in a park and you’re going to be sitting in the grass so you’ll want to get cosy and kick off your shoes. Don’t waste any time with laces, wear a pair of shoes that are easy to take on and off.

The weather forecast for this year’s festival: sunshine, lots of it.

March is a dry and sunny month in Singapore so it’s going to get very warm during the daytime. Bring a hand fan so you can keep yourself a little ventilated. This will prevent you from sweating off all your face paint and glitter!

Bring your own shade.

For those who are particularly prone to sunburn don’t forget your sunglasses, sun cream and cap! You’re going to be sitting outside in the sun for hours as the main picnic field is in direct sunlight, these will give your skin some protection from the sun!

Don’t trip yourself up!

Pack light and avoid having too much around your picnic area. Not only will you not want to be watching over or carrying all your things throughout the day but you don’t want to risk tripping yourself or others up on your belongings! Keep your area tidy and only bring what’s necessary!

Save money, stay hydrated and be green about it.

Garden Beats allow festival goers to bring their own water bottles and get free water refills as long as they’re not a single-use plastic bottle of course! Get yourself a reusable water bottle, it’ll be useful for the festival but to keep to use on a daily basis. The tap water is drinkable in Singapore so make the most of it! For all other drinks, you’ll be able to rent a cup on the day of the festival and save a $1 on every drink purchased!

Keep your ear drums safe!

Ear plugs should be on every single one of your festival packing lists, keep your ears safe from prolonged exposure to loud music so your hearing doesn’t suffer and you can keep enjoying festivals for years to come!

This should give a good idea of important items you shouldn’t forget and things you definitely need to bring to make sure you have a good experience at Garden Beats Festival. If you’ve got any other suggestions for things you think are useful to pack please leave a comment below!

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Charlotte

My mission lies in acting as your virtual festival tour guide and relieving you of all the hard work that goes into planning for a festival so you can focus on having fun and making the most of your music festival experiences!

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